Do you feel out of your comfort zone when trying to plunge your way through a plumbing situation? Our team at Clog Busters LLC has offered a few pointers to get you plunging like a pro in no time!
A plunger is a common plumbing tool that is used to dislodge blockages. There are 2 main types of plungers: a type for sinks and a type for toilets. Sink plungers are the usual half dome shape, while toilet plungers are dome shaped at the top with an added rubber attachment on the bottom to create a smaller opening.
To Dislodge a Blockage
If your sink or toilet drains or flushes slowly, or perhaps not at all, a plunger can be a great first step in trying to solve the problem. Place the plunger over the opening of the drain and create a tight seal between the rim of the plunger and the drain opening. Give a few hard up and down pumps on the plunger stick, making sure to keep the seal tight, and focusing on the upward pull – in theory, the up and down motion of the plunger creates a vacuum that dislodges the blockage when the plunger is pulled up.
After several rounds of plunging, try flushing the toilet or running the sink water to see if the blockage was freed. If you notice backflow of water up into your sinks, showers, dishwasher, or other water features, this is often a sign of a blockage in a main plumbing pipe that requires professional service. When you need expert plumbing help, call us at (503) 680-8947! We are fast, clean, and sure to do the job right the first time.